The Fauquier girls stood on the track at Millbrook High School in Winchester last night waiting for the final team scores from the Virginia AA Region II meet to be tallied. They had traded their track shoes for flip-flops and had turned to doing handstands to pass the time.

When the announcement was finally made -- and they had pulled out a 63-54 victory over Brentsville -- they erupted in screams.

"All of our girls are so close," Fauquier junior Sarah Bowman said. "Everyone is contributing. Everyone has just been working so hard."

No one more than Bowman herself, who recovered from a back injury that forced her to miss the end of the cross-country season. She bested her own meet record in winning the 1,600 in 4 minutes 48.78 seconds and the 800 (2:10.03). She also anchored the school record-setting 1,600 meter relay team in 4:03.24. The Falcons' only other individual champion was sophomore Renee Lott, who won the 400 in 58.29. Bowman holds the meet record in the 400 (57.16) but did not compete in the event.


Jeff Purdue and Jeff Belcher each scored in the first 10 minutes as the Massaponax boys' soccer team defeated visiting Albemarle, 2-0, in the semifinals of the AAA Commonwealth District tournament. No. 7 Massaponax (13-2-1) has won 12 of its past 13 games. . . .

Goalkeeper Alex Fatovic had his ninth shutout as George Mason defeated Madison County, 2-0, in the semifinals of the A Bull Run District tournament. Senior forward Pete Hamill had both goals for the Mustangs (12-2-1).

Fatovic has given up three goals in district play, one was on a penalty and another on an own-goal. He will play at Long Island University next year. Hamill has 16 goals this year and will play for Roanoke. . . .

Top-ranked West Springfield defeated McLean, 2-0, behind first-half goals from Josh Czajkowski and Jeff Kawamoto. The Spartans (15-1) got eight saves from goalie Matt Tengs.


Sophomore Nick Miller scored the winning goal as Woodbridge defeated Forest Park, 4-3, in the championship of the AAA Cardinal District boys' lacrosse tournament. Junior Dan Bamford had two goals, classmate Tom Heberer added one and Brad Hester had 12 saves for the Vikings, who advanced to the Northwestern Region tournament.

-- Chris Aguilar, Christian Swezey and Angela Watts